Apple Patents Speaking iPod

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Date: Tuesday, May 9th, 2006, 08:09
Category: iPod

Apple is quite fond of filing for patents, especially those that surround its widely used iPods. But who can blame Apple for doing so? Any creative or unique idea could very well turn out to be a big revenue generator for Apple, considering that iPod and music sales make up a huge portion of Apple’s income.

While the new patent doesn’t cover a touch-screen iPod video, it does give light into a new navigation system that Apple is working on for future iPods. Because more and more users are using iPods in situations where they are unable to look at the screen, such as while driving, Apple has made it so it is possible to navigate the iPod menu system without taking your eyes off the road. While scrolling through the menus, the iPod will speak back what item is being selected so that users will be able to listen to what’s going on.

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Alpine iPod Interface

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Date: Saturday, May 6th, 2006, 13:53
Category: iPod

alpine9852.jpegThe Alpine CDE-9852 head unit with KCE-422i interface cable is probably the best integrated iPod automotive solution in the $200 price range. I received my unit from Crutchfield with a custom bezel and adapter plug to fit my car, making installation a breeze. This unit will support a subwoofer and I will most likely add one, but the Bass Engine equalizer control allowed me to add significant bass emphasis without the mid-bass tubbiness that you get with a simple tone control. I replaced the paper cone factory speakers several years ago with same size Polk speakers and they sound significantly better with a bit of equalization and the loudness contour turned on. What is there not to love? Great sound, direct control of my iPod and 2,000 plus songs at my fingertips. The display will scroll through Artist, Album and Song Title along with elapsed time. Sounds like heaven. Well I do love this unit and hate it at the same time.
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Griffin PowerJolt Updated

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Date: Wednesday, April 26th, 2006, 08:00
Category: iPod

griffin-powerjolt-2006.jpgGriffin Technology has redesigned and updated their PowerJolt iPod auto charger. The new PowerJolt comes with a detachable 48″ USB to Dock Connector cable that can be used for normal syncing and docking operations with your computer and the new 2006 PowerJolt package also includes a 48″ USB to mini-USB cable which can be used with the Griffin iTrip, iTrip nano and a number of modern cell phones and other gadgets. The new PowerJolt works with the 5G iPod (video), nano, shuffle, photo, and 4G iPod (click wheel) and is available now for US$20 from Griffin Technology.
Now if more mobile phone vendors (cough, Treo, cough) would standardize on mini-USB ports for their power connectors.

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AirTunes, with a Twist

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Date: Tuesday, April 11th, 2006, 08:00
Category: iPod

Apparently Apple is talking to third party IFE (inflight enterntainment) companies such as Thales and Panasonic with a view to porting a version of iTunes to allow downloads onto your iPod in your passenger seat. As this will probably come with a built in dock connector, it will most likely charge your iPod as well, so you will be fully juiced and ready to rock by the time you land!
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Play Doom II and Half Life on Your iPod

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Date: Sunday, April 9th, 2006, 20:40
Category: iPod

YouTube has a video of Doom II and HalfLife running on the 5g iPod. Doom is included in the latest RockBox build.

Playing doom II and halflife on my 60g 5th gen ipod. Using rockbox firmwareAdded on April 08, 2006, 09:10 PM by bogaut

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The Apple Core: Apple adds volume limiting to iPod

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Date: Thursday, March 30th, 2006, 11:17
Category: iPod

volume-limit.jpgI’ve been ranting on the effects of loud music on hearing loss for a while now and it’s refreshing to see Apple take efforts to help limit the hearing damage potential caused by the iPod – too bad it took a lawsuit to make them do it.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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The X Fader: iPod Fader on the Cheap

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Date: Tuesday, March 14th, 2006, 09:56
Category: iPod

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Ever been rocking your iPod at a party and a really lame song comes up in the shuffle? Nothing is worse than that ackward silence as you scroll through your playlist to find something more appropriate to play.
Times like this call for a mixer. The problem is that most mixers are expensive and heavy and unless you’re a pro DJ you’re not about to haul one to a party. Enter the xFader a tiny crossfader designed for iPod DJing. While not a full mixer, the xFader provides an easy way to fade between two sources.
When a lame song comes on, simply fade into a second iPod in the on-deck circle and keep the party going. The xFader features two standard 3.5mm stereo mini plugs so it connects to any device with an audio output – not just iPods. A standard 3.5mm stereo mini jack allows you to connect to any stereo or PA via the included RCA patch cable
The xFader is also great for when that guy invariably comes up and says “you’ve gotta play this!” The xFader weighs in at less than 3 ounces and is encased in a pocketable plastic case. You can pick one up for US$40 (shipped) from TheXFader.com.

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Neuros MPEG4 Recorder 2

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Date: Sunday, February 26th, 2006, 21:39
Category: iPod

neuros-mpeg4.jpgI’m writing about a device I found that makes a terrific addition to the iPod with video. A company called Neuros Audio (http://www.neurosaudio.com/) has a little pocket-sized MPEG4 recorder – basically a little VCR – that records directly to Compact Flash or Memory Stick in the iPod format. Drag the recording into iTunes, and poof! You’ve got your favorite show to go!
After waiting and waiting through transcoding to load things onto my iPod, I picked one up on a whim last week, and I have to admit that until TiVo gets their direct-to-iPod transfers up and running, this is the best thing since sliced bread for a video iPod owner… It’s got several quality settings and a recording timer so you can set it to record from any device with RCA video and audio outputs.
The MPEG4 recorder 2 costs US$149 and is available from Neuros Audio.
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Full-Screen iPod 6G Confirmed a Fake (Updated)

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Date: Saturday, February 25th, 2006, 11:43
Category: iPod

ipod-video-6g.jpgBy now you have probably seen picture of the alleged iPod video 6G that got posted on Flickr. Some think it’s real others think that it’s a fake.
Personally, I don’t think Apple recycles old part numbers. The picture below shows the part number shown on the alleged iPod ( M8719Z/A) as being for Mac OS X 10.2 Jaguar Server 10 Client User Edition.
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There are some who claim that the “8″ is actually a “B,” but then again, there are also people who believe in the Easter Bunny
When I heard there might be a touch-screen iPod, this is what I imagined it might look like, but I think it’s a fake. (Thanks MacRumors)
UPDATE:
The mysterious person who posted the picture of a supposed new iPod has posted a video showing the making of the photo that turned out to be fake. Here it is at a mirrored site, as the original link broke down. (Thanks Digg)

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Landscape Full-Screen iPod Coming April 1?

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Date: Monday, February 13th, 2006, 09:22
Category: iPod

apple-ipod-patent.gifAnalyst Charles Wolf of Needham & Co. thinks that Apple may have a surprise announcement up its sleeve for April 1, 2006. According to MacNN:

Apple could use April 1–Apple’s 30th birthday–as an opportunity to introduce an Intel-based iBook as well as the “real” video iPod. Wolf says that a failure by Apple to have an Intel iBook ready for purchase by the May beginning of the K-12 school-buying season would significantly jeopardize Apple’s education sales, in which the iBook represents an “increasing fraction.” Wolf noted that “at the end of his Macworld keynote address in January, Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO, noted that the company will celebrate its 30th birthday on April 1, 2006. While it’s possible that Jobs was simply pointing out the longevity of Apple, we interpret it as a signal that Apple will hold a major birthday party in the form of new product event around that date, most likely in early April.”

Apple announced the iPod 5G with video on October 12, 2005 and there is a rumor that Apple will use their 30th anniversary to announce a “true video iPod” with an edge-to-edge screen and a virtual clickwheel. Macstein suggests that the next generation iPod will have a resolution of 960×540 and be in the 16:9 widescreen format.
Hrmph.com has posted some drawings from an Apple patent (one is pictured above) detailing what could be a new iPod form-factor. The image appears to feature an iPod in a landscape orientation running a full version of iTunes as opposed to the stripped-down iPod music player UI.

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